The plot revolves around a band called Black Roses. They blow into a small town to play a few warm up shows before going on tour. The local parents aren’t too pleased with the devil music, aka. hair metal and try to stop the band from playing. But when they go see the first show, they are shocked that it is fairly harmless. That is until they all leave and the band turns into leather clad troublemakers. As the teenagers keep going back to see the band they get more disinterested in school and responsibilities. Eventually they get violent as well as obnoxious. Only their English teacher knows that something is up and goes to stop the band by “sneaking” into the concert and setting the band on fire. Which is odd because by then they are all demons, and you would think fire wouldn’t be a big deal.
I’m not sad that I never bothered to rent Black Roses. I have many issues with it but the biggest on is that despite some interesting ideas the movie is boring. The band blows into town and before anything interesting happens we get multiple classroom scenes with the English teacher. That is followed by parents talking about the devil music, some teacher student bonding, and listening of records. That last one wasn’t too bad as the music is surprisingly good with a decent hair metal soundtrack. Then again I’m a big hair band guy so I might be a bit biased. This is also one of those movies that is cursed with the dreaded “thirty-year-old teenagers” trope. Honestly can’t you cast younger looking actors as high school students?
This is such a disappointment and not a movie that I will ever revisit. If you want to watch a rock-n-roll horror flick then check out Trick or Treat, or even Rock-n-Roll Nightmare. They are better then this mess.
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